For its first quarter ended March 2011, the company reported earnings of $11 million, or 59 cents per share, compared to $9 million, or 44 cents per share, in the year-ago quarter. Revenue for the period increased 20.5% year-over-year to $323 million from $268 million, driven by improving demand across its end-market applications and the acquisition of Alexco and Nichols Wire.
Furthermore, shipments grew 12.5% to 144 million pounds from 128 million pounds during the comparable quarter last year, while total realized price per pound rose 7.2% to $2.24 from $2.09. Lastly, value-added revenue (fabricated products net sales minus hedged cost of alloyed metal) stood at $157 million, up 15% year-over-year from $137 million in the first quarter of 2010.Of the four analysts covering the stock, 50% recommend a buy, while the remaining rate a hold. There are no sell ratings on the stock. On average, analysts foresee 21.7% upside to $61 from current levels. Analysts at Zacks Investment Research recently upgraded the stock's rating from underperform to neutral.